Almost one third of adults have been asked to buy alcohol on behalf of someone under 18, according to a new report. The survey - conducted on behalf of responsible drinking campaigner The Portman Group - also showed that of those who had been asked, more than one third admitted to buying alcohol for a minor.
It also revealed that one in four adults who had admitted to buying alcohol for someone under 18 said they did not know it was an offence. A further 30% of those who admitted to the purchases said they had done so because they felt intimidated.
Jean Coussins, chief executive of The Portman Group, said: “We urge all retailers never to sell alcohol to someone they think may be passing it on to under 18s.” Home Office minister Paul Goggins said: “It is illegal to buy alcohol on behalf of a person under 18 and with the new police powers within the Licensing Act, those who do so could face a fine of up to £5,000.”